Have you heard or seen any myths or untruths about agriculture lately? In today’s fast paced world of social media and 24-hour news, it seems that everyone is an expert about agriculture… except farmers! Unfortunately, farmers are the minority today. The average student is three generations removed from the farm. As a result, students lack the basic knowledge about the origins of their food and myths they hear about what farmers do on their farms become their truths.
In 2004, the Wayne County Farm Bureau Board of Directors launched the Wayne County Farm Bureau Foundation. The mission of the Foundation is…
“Growing the future of agriculture by supporting the youth of today.”
With your help, can continue to make a difference and spread agricultural knowledge through our educational programs in the county. The Foundation supports programs such as Agriculture in the Classroom, student scholarships, teacher training, and more.
Last year, Wayne County’s Ag in the Classroom program reached over 500 students in the county each month with agricultural lessons including apples, pumpkins, soils, corn, swine, embryology, soybeans, conservation, and more. The Foundation also provided six, $500 scholarships to Wayne County students studying agriculture in college.
One of primary goals for Ag in the Classroom in 2018 is to introduce new pollinator and Monarch Butterfly lessons into each grade school. Also, with our member’s support, we are hoping to increase our collegiate scholarships from $500 to $750, an overall fundraising goal of $4,500.
As you think about your charitable giving this season, consider how you can help the future of agriculture. Your donation allows us to reach beyond the farm-gate and narrow the knowledge gap of today’s youth between the farm and the food they eat. Your gift will help us grow the future leaders of our industry. Together we can help tell the true story of agriculture!
Please consider a tax-deducible gift to the Wayne County Farm Bureau Foundation, today. The Foundation can receive gifts of cash, life insurance, land, estate donations, memorial bequeaths, or other charitable giving. Your gift can leave a long-term legacy for the agricultural youth of Wayne County.
Donate now by clicking the "Give Now" button on the left, or call the Wayne County Farm Bureau Manager, Doug Anderson, at 618-842-3342 to discuss your gift.
Thank you for supporting agricultural education in Wayne County!